AlphaIC sampling Gluon chip for edge AI

Start-up AlphaIC yesterday announced that it has begun sampling its Gluon coprocessor for edge AI inference to customers. AlphaIC claims the chip delivers competitive performance compared to Nvidia in vision workloads such as object detection.

Gluon is based on AlphaIC’s proprietary architecture that has an instruction set architecture (ISA) optimized for AI, and has been in development for two years. The ISA refers to the instructions that a chip can process. AlphaIC calls it Real AI Processor (RAT) architecture. AlphaIC further has a SDK with support for TensorFlow. The company reports that other frameworks are in development.

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